It has been decided to preserve the ancestral homes of Dilip Kumar and Raj Kapoor in Peshawar, Pakistan. Both famous actors of Hindi films were also born in these Havelis of Peshawar. However, they are now ravaged. The Archaeological Department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan has asked the concerned department to take the ancestral houses of Dilip Kumar and Raj Kapoor into government possession.
The notification issued in this regard stated that the currently closed houses of both the artists will be preserved and made a museum where apart from these artists, objects related to another prominent Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan will also be preserved. Dr. Abdul Samad, Director of the Department of Archeology and Museums, has sent a letter to the Commissioner of Peshawar stating that the Department wants to declare these places as 'protected'.
Dilip Kumar's house and Kapoor's mansion
The department believes that this will give a boost to cultural tourism. The letter further states that if these properties are privately owned then it should be acquired. The Commissioner of Peshawar says that action has been started in this regard. Dilip Kumar's house is in the Mohalla Khudadad of the famous and historical anecdote Khwani Bazaar in Peshawar. The residential area then has been transformed into a large trading center.
Mohammad Yusuf Khan, popularly known as Dilip Kumar, was born on December 11, 1922, in this house. Dilip Kumar moved to Bombay (now Mumbai) with his family in 1930. In 1988, when Dilip Kumar visited Pakistan, he also visited Peshawar and went to his old house and kissed the door, and shared childhood memories with people.
Proposal to set up museums
Kapoor Haveli is in the Dilgaran area of Peshawar. A generation of the Kapoor family who gave Bollywood many superstars was born in this mansion. This mansion was built between 1918 and 1922. Raj Kapoor was also born in this mansion. After the partition of the country, his family moved to India. Although large parts of both artists' homes have collapsed and their current owners have tried several times to demolish buildings and build plazas, the administration has stopped them.
The original condition of these buildings will be restored after coming under government occupation, after which museums will be established here. In the museums, items related to the Dilip Kumar and Kapoor family will be saved from their film records and memorabilia, as well as items related to Shah Rukh Khan.
Peshawar was a center of culture and art before the grip of violence. Now that the situation has improved, the government has started a campaign to revive the traditional culture here and buildings over 100 years old are being preserved. Peshawar has 1800 buildings of historical importance and the process of marking them is in progress.